Media Release – Friday 27 September 2013

Have you been out whale watching during this season? Have you had a totally amazing coastal adventure over the past few months? And if you’ve been capturing your sightings with a camera, do you think you have a good eye for photos?

If you’ve taken an awesome snap during the 2013 whale watching season and experienced a wonderful coastal adventure, share it and you could win the ultimate whale watching prize package.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking the best whale watching and coastal adventure photos taken by the public during the 2013 whale watching season as part of the Wild About Whales campaign.

The competition, which launched today, will take place via the Wild About Whales Facebook page and people are asked to enter their photos until Wednesday 9 October. The competition will be shared with the Wild About Whales Facebook community of around 12,000 engaged fans who will vote on the winner.

Entering is easy, people just upload their best coastal adventure or whale watching photo using the custom designed app, and the photo with the most votes by the Wild About Whales community will be the winner. All photos need to have been taken in NSW. Entrants must also provide an email, photo name and details of where it was taken in description boxes provided on the submission page.

First prize is return flights to Sydney, from metro areas on the Eastern side of Australia, accommodation at Q Station in Manly for two including breakfast, dinner for two at the Boilerhouse Harbourside Restaurant, and a sunset whale watching tour with Whale Watching Sydney.

There’s still opportunities to get out there and see the whales, with the season running until 30 November, and many whales now busily making their migration south with calves in tow. National parks along the coastline provide some of the best vantage points to see the whales, so what are you waiting for?

As well as whale watching, there are plenty of other activities to experience in NSW coastal national parks, from bushwalking and photography, to Discovery tours and spotting a wealth of other marine and land based wildlife.

Whale sightings can be logged through the Wild About Whales smart phone application, shared on twitter with the @wildaboutwhales community using #whaleon, and check out where the whales are on the map on the Wild About Whales website.

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